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Guy Pearce back in action in the international trailer for “Lockout”

Guy Pearce back in action in the international trailer for “Lockout” (photo)

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Guy Pearce doesn’t make nearly enough movies. As a fan and outside observer, he appears to be pretty picky about projects, and lately he’s been picking a lot more supporting roles in interesting films (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Road,” and “The Hurt Locker”) than the leading man stuff (“L.A. Confidential,” “Memento,” “The Proposition”) that first made him one of my favorite actors. Yes, he’s taken a few starring gigs in some recent stuff, like the disappointing remake of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” but not much. And not nearly enough in action movies.

So this is a pleasant surprise: Pearce in the lead of a new Luc Besson sci-fi thriller opening next year. And I can’t be the only guy who watched the following international trailer for the film, which is titled “Lockout” (or “Lock-Out,” depending on the source), and thought it could do for Pearce what Besson’s “Taken” did for Liam Neeson: that is, give him a chance to remind us how much of a badass he can be in the right vehicle. Take a look.

I’m really quite, ahem, taken with this trailer (I’m here all week, folks! Try the veal). Beyond Pearce and some good looking action, I admire its unusual structure (it’s essentially one scene from the film with a highlights montage thrown in) and the clever use of titles (which appear behind Pearce’s head each time he’s punched by baddie Peter Stormare’s henchman). The plot’s not exactly clear, so here’s how the film’s IMDb page describes it:

“A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.”

Hm… shades of “Escape From New York” perhaps? Come to think of it, Pearce is one of the few guys I can imagine making a credible Snake Plissken. For now, though, this will do quite nicely. “Lockout” is currently scheduled to open on April 20, 2012. Wild space horses couldn’t keep me away.

What do you think of the trailer for “Lockout?” Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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